Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Sept. 29, 2009
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATES NEW NORTH FORK BRIDGE IN WARREN COUNTY
STAUNTON – Sept. 28, 2009 marks the celebration of the new North Fork Bridge on Route 340/522 in Warren County, just outside of Front Royal. Citizens along with local officials and members of the transportation community gathered in the pocket park located just underneath the bridge to hear speeches and help cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Virginia Department of Transportation sponsored event.
The new bridge was completed on Sept.1. Construction began in the fall of 2005. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 24, 2005. The new bridge replaces the North Fork Bridge built in the early 1940s, which was open to traffic on Nov. 3, 1941.
The new North Fork Bridge features five lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks. The Route 55 (Strasburg Road) intersection was reconstructed to include traffic signals. Signals were also installed at Duck Street.
Preliminary engineering for the bridge cost $2,895,000 and right of way activities cost $1,460,000. The contract value for the bridge construction is $19,211,521.25. Flippo Construction Co. Inc. of Forrestville, Md. was awarded the construction contract on Sept. 21, 2005 by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Funding for the bridge comes from state dollars.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony had several scheduled speakers including Commonwealth Transportation Board member Dr. Jim Davis, Senator Mark Obenshain, Delegate Clay Athey, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Archie Fox, and Front Royal Vice Mayor Bret W. Hrbek..
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